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Antigone in Savannah


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Wed, Dec 21.2022

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Antigone in Savannah fuses dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of Sophocles’ Antigone with live choral and gospel music performed by choirs and singers from Savannah, St. Louis, and New York City to frame powerful audience-driven dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of honoring the dead and healing historical wounds. This special, hybrid event will take place outdoors in Savannah, Georgia near an unmarked burial ground for enslaved Africans. By performing Sophocles’ Antigone, an ancient play about a young woman who puts everything on the line to bury her brother, for diverse audiences on this sacred ground and on Zoom, the project aims to generate compassion, reverence, understanding, and positive action.

Co-presented by Theater of War Productions, The On Being Project, and the Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation, & Healing.

Featuring performances by Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Kara Young (The Punisher), Marjolaine Goldsmith (Dress), Ato Blankson-Wood (When They See Us), Rosalyn Rouse (Susie King Taylor: What A Wonderful Revolution), Rev. Dr. Leonard Small (Pastor, Litway Baptist Church), and Krista Tippett (Founder + Editor in Chief, The On Being Project).

Soloists: Daniel McRath, Duane Foster, De-Rance Blaylock, and John Leggette

Chorus: De-Andrea Blaylock-Solar, Latricia Allen , and Marcelle Lashley

Musicians: Ja’Mes Davis and Jason Davis

Sound Designer: Matt Craig

Lighting Designer: Kent Sprague

Stage Manager: Ange Lopalito

Translated, directed and facilitated by Bryan Doerries.

Music composed and conducted by Dr. Philip A. Woodmore.

Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film.

Supported by The Hearthland Foundation.

Support for our digital programming is provided, in part, by the Mellon Foundation.

Opt-in notice: All registrants for Antigone in Savannah will receive a series of event-related emails (pre & post) from our partners at The On Being Project, contextualizing the project within their ongoing work in the state of Georgia.

Antigone in Savannah will take place on Zoom Webinar, broadcast from Savannah, and can be accessed on personal devices. The event Zoom link will be distributed via email and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.

This event will be captioned in English.

All of Theater of War Productions' events follow the same format:

  • The performers will read the text.
  • Community panelists will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them across time.
  • We will open the discussion to the audience, facilitated by Bryan Doerries. During the discussion, please raise your hand using the button at the bottom center of the screen. If called upon, please accept the invitation to be promoted to speak and you will be visible and heard by the entire audience for the duration of your comments. If you would prefer not to be seen, please disable your video.

About the play

  • Antigone by Sophocles

    Sophocles’ Antigone is an ancient play about a teenage girl who wishes to bury her brother, Polyneices, who recently died in a brutal civil war. Creon, the new, untested king, has ruled that Polyneices’ body must remain above the earth, and that anyone who breaks this law will be put to death. Antigone openly and intentionally defies his edict, covering her brother’s body with dirt and publicly declaring her allegiance to a higher law, one that transcends that of the state—the law of love. Creon is then forced, by his own political rhetoric, and the by fragile social order that he has barely begun to establish since the civil war, to make an example of his niece, by sentencing her to death. In the process of following through with his own decree, Creon loses everything. At its core, Antigone is a play about what happens when personal conviction and state law clash, raising the question: When everyone is right (or feels justified), how do we avert the violence that will inevitably take place?

Cast Members

  • Jesse Eisenberg Headshot

    Jesse Eisenberg


  • Kara Young Headshot

    Kara Young


  • Marjolaine Goldsmith Headshot

    Marjolaine Goldsmith


  • Ato Blankson Wood Headshot

    Ato Blankson Wood


  • Rosalyn Rouse Headshot

    Rosalyn Rouse


  • Rev. Dr. Leonard Small Headshot

    Rev. Dr. Leonard Small


  • De-Rance Blaylock Headshot

    De-Rance Blaylock


  • Duane Foster Headshot

    Duane Foster


  • John Leggette Headshot

    John Leggette


  • Daniel McRath Headshot

    Daniel McRath


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